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Elizabeth Scarboro’s memoir My Foreign Cities, about her marriage to her first husband who had cystic fibrosis, was chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Books of 2013. It is just out in paperback this Spring. Scarboro’s essays have appeared most recently in The Millions, The New York Times, and the Bellevue Literary Review.

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What's the Cure for Shopping Dread?

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 6:16 PM

In my wallet, I have a receipt for a pair of eyeglasses. It's an old-fashioned receipt: unwieldy and rectangular, with an imprint of my credit card -- the kind of receipt I wrestled with when I was 15, working at Fred's Restaurant, ringing people up incorrectly. The receipt is my...

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My Close-Up View of The Fault in Our Stars

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 2:03 PM

Last week, I texted my friend Amani to see if he wanted to catch The Fault in Our Stars. He texted back, "kidding?"

We've been friends since we were fifteen, and he knows I'm averse to movies and books with a love-in-the-face-of-death storyline. I've never read Love Story, never...

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Anatomy of an Excellent Doctor

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 5:42 PM

I met Dr. Stulbarg when I was 22, and had just moved to San Francisco to be with my boyfriend Stephen. Stephen had cystic fibrosis, but he'd been unusually healthy as long as I'd known him. Then, three weeks after my arrival, on a Saturday night, his lung collapsed while...

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On Being a Widow

(143) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 9:32 AM

Wednesday morning, 7 a.m., the radio alarm blaring. Keep your eyes closed. Don't move, because you have miraculously woken up in your old life.

The bed's warm, your husband's snoring next to you. Only the snore is more of a low whine, accompanied by a rough pawing against your...

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